Humans of UCSF

“I have recently found myself at a curious intersection between privilege and disadvantage.

"The foggy summer in the Sunset was a difficult transition for me at first. I felt completely overwhelmed adjusting to the city and academics. It wasn't long before the fog cleared, and I met and fell in love with my boyfriend Prince.

“In addition to the challenge of learning how to teach, I went through an identity crisis. I had to go from being a carefree college student to a responsible role model, and I was woefully unprepared.

“I consider myself a very lucky individual because I have the job of my dreams.

“I had an unconventional path to medicine, a career direction I never considered as recently as five years ago.

“I believe that our life's journey always begins with a choice.

I think it can be hard to strike a balance between being ambitious in one's chosen profession, while also being cognizant of tending to other areas of life.

"It all started 10 years ago. I was a dental tech, but had to stop when I got into a car accident. I started making jewelry during my time on disability and I made so much I didn't know what to do with it.

"From the day I came to UCSF in 1991 I have been proud and humbled to be part of this institution and so happy to be living in the Bay Area.

I first learned about Vocal Chords, UCSF’s one and only a cappella group, through a co-worker of mine, when I was first hired in 2014 at the Blood Bank. Each of the members have our own unique professional associations with the school, but we are brought together by our love for music and for making music through vocal harmony.